Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Abbreviations and acronyms are used everywhere in chemistry. Here is a list of the most common ones.

Abbreviation or Acronym Name Structure
4-Ppy 4-Pyrrolidinopyridine
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9-BBN 9-Borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane
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12-C-4 12-Crown-4 (1,4,7,10-Tetraoxacyclododecane)
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15-C-5 15-Crown-5 (1,4,7,10,13-Pentaoxacyclopentadecane)
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18-C-6 18-Crown-6 (1,4,7,10,13,16-hexaoxacyclooctadecane)
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AA Asymmetric aminohydroxylation N/A
ABCN 1,1'-Azobis(cyclohexanecarbonitrile)
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Ac Acetyl
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acac Acetylacetone
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AD Asymmetric dihydroxylation N/A
ADD See ADDP
ADDP 1,1′-(Azodicarbonyl)dipiperidine
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AIBN Azobisisobutyronitrile
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All Allyl
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Alloc Allyloxycarbonyl
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ATPH Aluminum tris(2,6-diphenylphenoxide)
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BAIB [Bis(acetoxy)iodo]benzene
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BDA Butane-2,3-diacetal
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BDHP 1,1′-Binaphth-2,2′-diyl hydrogen phosphate
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BHT 2,6-Di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol
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BINAP 2,2'-Bis(diphenylphosphino)-1,1'-binaphthyl
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BINAPO 2-Diphenylphosphino-2′-diphenylphosphinyl-1,1′-binaphthalene
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BINOL 1,1'-Bi-2-naphthol
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Bn Benzyl
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Boc tert-Butoxycarbonyl
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BOM Benzyloxymethyl
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BOP Benzotriazole-1-yl-oxy-tris-(dimethylamino)-phosphonium hexafluorophosphate
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Bq 1,4-Benzoquinone (p-Benzoquinone)
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Bs para-Bromobenzenesulfonyl (brosyl)
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BSA N,O-Bis(trimethylsilyl)acetamide
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BTAF Benzyltrimethylammonium fluoride
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BTIB [Bis(1,1,1-trifluoroacetoxy)iodo]benzene
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BTMSA Bis(trimethylsilyl)acetylene
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Bz Benzoyl
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CAN Ceric ammonium nitrate (NH4)2Ce(NO3)6
CBS Corey-Bakshi-Shibata catalyst
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Cbz Carboxybenzyl
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CDMT 2-Chloro-4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazine
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cod 1,5-Cyclooctadiene
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COMU (1-Cyano-2-ethoxy-2-oxoethylidenaminooxy)dimethylamino-morpholino-carbenium hexafluorophosphate
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COSY Correlation Spectroscopy N/A
Cp Cyclopentadienyl
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Cp* 1,2,3,4,5-Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl
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CSA Camphorsulfonic acid
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Cy Cyclohexyl
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DABCO 1,4-Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane
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DAST Diethylaminosulfur trifluoride
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dba Dibenzylideneacetone
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DBAD Di-tert-butyl azodicarboxylate
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DBN 1,5-Diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene
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DBU 1,8-Diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene
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DCC N,N'-Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide
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1,1-DCE 1,1-dichloroethylene
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1,2-DCE 1,2-dichloroethylene
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DDQ 2,3-Dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone
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de diastereomeric excess N/A
DEAD Diethyl azodicarboxylate
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DEPBT 3-(Diethoxyphosphoryloxy)-1,2,3-benzotriazin-4(3H)-one
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DET Diethyl tartrate
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DFT Density Functional Theory N/A
DFT Discrete Fourier Transform N/A
DHP 3,4-Dihydro-2H-pyran
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DHQ Dihydroquinine
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DHQD Dihydroquinidine
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(DHQ)2PHAL Dihydroquinine 1,4-phthalazinediyl diether
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(DHQD)2PHAL Dihydroquinidine 1,4-phthalazinediyl diether
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DIAD Diisopropyl azodicarboxylate
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DIBAL Diisobutylaluminium hydride
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DIC N,N'-Diisopropylcarbodiimide
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DIPEA N,N-Diisopropylethylamine
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dipp 2,6-Diisopropylphenyl
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DIPT Diisopropyl tartrate
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DKR Dynamic Kinetic Resolution N/A
DMA N,N-Dimethylacetamide
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DMAD Dimethyl acetylenedicarboxylate
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DMAP 4-Dimethylaminopyridine
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DMB 2,4-Dimethoxybenzyl
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DMDO 3,3-Dimethyldioxirane
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DME 1,2-Dimethoxyethane
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DMF N,N-Dimethylformamide
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DMP Dess-Martin periodinane
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DMPM 3,4-Dimethoxybenzyl
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DMPU 1,3-Dimethyl-3,4,5,6-tetrahydro-2(1H)-pyrimidinone
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DMS Dimethyl sulfide
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DMSO Dimethyl sulfoxide
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DMTSF Dimethyl(methylthio)sulfonium tetrafluoroborate
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DNP 2,4-Dinitrophenol
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DNP 2,4-Dinitrophenyl
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dpm Dipivaloylmethane
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DPN 2,3-Bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propionitrile
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DPPA Diphenylphosphoryl azide (diphenyl phosphorazidate)
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dppe 1,2-Bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane
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dppf 1,1'-Bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene
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dppm 1,1-Bis(diphenylphosphino)methane
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dppp 1,3-Bis(diphenylphosphino)propane
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DTBMP 2,6-Bis(tert-butyl)-4-methylpyridine
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EDAC see EDCI
EDC see EDCI
EDCI 1-Ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide
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EDTA Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
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ee Enantiomeric excess N/A
EE Ethoxy ethyl
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EOM Ethoxy methyl
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ESI Electrospray Ionization N/A
FCC Flash Column Chromatography N/A
FMOC Fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl
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HATU O-(7-Azabenzotriazol-1-yl)-N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate
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HFIP 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol
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HMBC Heteronuclear Multiple Bond Coherence N/A
HMDS Bis(trimethylsilyl)amine (Hexamethyldisilazane)
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HMPA Hexamethylphosphoramide
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HMPT Hexamethylphosphorous triamide
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HMQC Heteronuclear Multiple Quantum Coherence N/A
HMTA Hexamethylenetetramine (Hexamine)
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HOAt 1-Hydroxy-7-azabenzotriazole
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HOBt 1-Hydroxybenzotriazole
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HOMO Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital N/A
HPLC High-Performance Liquid Chromatography N/A
HQ Hydroquinone
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HTIB [Hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]benzene
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HWE Horner–Wadsworth–Emmons reaction N/A
IBX 2-Iodoxybenzoic acid
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Im Imidazole
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IPA Isopropyl alcohol
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Ipc Isopinocampheyl
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KDA Potassium diisopropylamide
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KHMDS Potassium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide (potassium hexamethyldisilazanide)
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LCMS Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry N/A
LDA Lithium diisopropylamide
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LDBB Lithium 4,4'-di-tert-butyl-biphenylide
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LiDBB See LDBB
LiHMDS Lithium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide (lithium hexamethyldisilazanide)
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LTBA Lithium tri-tert-butoxyaluminum hydride
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LTEA Lithium triethoxyaluminum hydride
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LTMP Lithium tetramethylpiperidide
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LuMO Lowest Occupied Molecular Orbital N/A
m-CPBA meta-Chloroperoxybenzoic acid
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MEK Methyl ethyl ketone (2-Butanone)
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MEM Methoxyethoxymethyl
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Mes Mesityl
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MNBA 2-Methyl-6-nitrobenzoic anhydride
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MOF Metal-Organic framework N/A
MOM Methoxymethyl
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MoOPH Oxodiperoxymolybdenum(pyridine)(hexamethylphosphoric triamide)
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MPM See PMB
Ms Methanesulfonyl (mesyl)
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M.S. Molecular Sieves N/A
MTBE Methyl tert-butyl ether
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MTM Methylthiomethyl ether
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MTPA α-Methoxy-α-trifluoromethylphenylacetic acid (Mosher's acid)
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MVK Methyl vinyl ketone
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NAD+ see NADH
NADH Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide
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NaHMDS Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide (sodium hexamethyldisilazanide)
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NBS N-Bromosuccinimide
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NCS N-Chlorosuccinimide
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NFSI N-Fluorobenzenesulfonimide
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NHC N-Heterocyclic Carbene N/A
NIS N-Iodosuccinimide
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NMM N-Methylmorpholine
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NMO N-Methylmorpholine N-oxide
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NMP N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone
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NMR Nuclear Magnetic Resonance N/A
NOE or nOe Nuclear Overhauser Effect N/A
NOESY Nuclear Overhauser Effect Spectroscopy N/A
NPS 2-Nitrophenylsulfenyl
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Ns para-Nitrobenzenesulfonyl (nosyl)
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ONP o-Nitrophenol
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PCC Pyridinium chlorochromate
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PDC Pyridinium dichromate
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PEG Polyethylene glycol
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Piv Pivaloyl
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PFBA pentafluorobenzoic acid
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PMB para-Methoxybenzyl
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PMP para-Methoxyphenyl
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PPA Polyphosphoric acid
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PPTS Pyridinium p-toluenesulfonate
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PTFAI N-phenyltrifluoroacetimidate
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PTSA or pTSA para-Toluenesulfonic acid
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Pv See Piv
Py Pyridine
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PyBOP (Benzotriazol-1-yloxy)tripyrrolidinophosphonium hexafluorophosphate
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RCM Ring-closing metathesis N/A
RRCM Relay ring-closing metathesis N/A
SAE Sharpless asymmetric epoxidation N/A
SEM [2-(Trimethylsilyl)ethoxy]methyl
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SILC Supported Ionic Liquid Catalyst N/A
STAB Sodium triacetoxyborohydride
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TASF Tris(dimethylamino)sulfonium difluorotrimethylsilicate
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TATP Triacetone Triperoxide
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TBA Tribromoacetic acid
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TBAB Tetra-n-butylammonium bromide
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TBAF Tetra-n-butylammonium fluoride
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TBAI Tetra-n-butylammonium iodide
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TBBP 3,3',5,5'-Tetra-tert-butyl-4,4'-dihydroxybiphenyl
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TBC 4-tert-Butylcatechol
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TBDMS See TBS
TBDPS tert-Butyldiphenylsilyl
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TBHP tert-Butyl hydroperoxide
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TBS tert-Butyldimethylsilyl
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TCAP Tricyclic Acetone Peroxide (see TATP)
TCBA 2,4,6-Trichlorobenzoic acid
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TCDI Thiocarbonyl diimidazole
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TEA Triethylamine
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TEBAC Triethylbenzylammonium chloride
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TEMPO 2,2,6,6-Tetramethyl-piperidin-1-oxyl
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TES Triethylsilyl
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Tf Trifluoromethanesulfonate (Triflate)
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TFA Trifluoroacetic acid
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TFAA Trifluoroacetic anhydride
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TFBQ Tetrafluoro-1,4-benzoquinone
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TFE 2,2,2-Trifluoroethanol
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thd 2,2,6,6-Tetramethylheptane-3,5-dione
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THF Tetrahydrofuran
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THP Tetrahydropyran
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THP Tetrahydropyranyl
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TIPS Triisopropylsilyl
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TLC Thin Layer Chromatography N/A
TMEDA N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyl-ethane-1,2-diamine
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TMP 2,2,6,6-Tetramethylpiperidine
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TMS Trimethylsilyl
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TMS Tetramethylsilane
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TPAP Tetra-n-propylammonium perruthenate
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Tr Triphenylmethyl (Trityl)
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Troc 2,2,2-Trichlorethoxycarbonyl
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Ts para-Toluenesulfonyl (Tosyl)
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Z See Cbz